TWO ducklings and a mallard have been found shot dead at Clipstone’s Vicar water Country Park.
Police are asking for help after the bodies of the birds were found by park rangers over the past three weeks.
It is believed they were shot using an air weapon and officers have also received calls from members of the public about shots being fired in the park.
PCSO Keith Crowhurst, based at Ollerton Police Station, said: “The shooting of wildlife in country parks is strictly prohibited and is a serious offence.
“This activity appears to be happening at twilight or after dark, with shots having been clearly heard by local residents.
“Police officers have responded to each of these calls, and we are working with Newark & Sherwood District Council to address the issue.
“We also need the public’s help to identify who is shooting the birds.
“I would urge anyone who believes they know who may be doing this to pass that information on to us. That includes any details of suspicious activity or anyone with firearms seen around Vicar Water.”
Rob Gibson, parks development officer for Newark & Sherwood District Council, said: “Vicar Water is a popular country park and one of its biggest draws is its nature and wildlife. Shooting wildlife in parks is illegal but it also very distressing for visitors, parks staff and also to other wildlife.
Anyone with information about the matter should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 99 99 ext 808 7064. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.